Earth & Soul Retreat at Montreat in North Carolina

Sacred Earth Sacred Soul - Celtic Wisdom 3

October 23–25, 2024Adult
Sponsored by the School of Earth & Soul in cooperation with Montreat Conference Center

The third of a three-part series of annual retreats led by the Celtic teacher John Philip Newell and his colleague Cami Twilling in which we explore the sacredness of the imagination, the sacredness of compassion, and the sacredness of reshaping the world. This retreat is part of Earth & Soul’s Celtic initiative of study and spiritual practice with the aim of further enabling compassionate action in our lives and world. It can be taken as a stand-alone retreat or in conjunction with Celtic Wisdom 1 and Celtic Wisdom 2 which can be attended in any order and at any of our retreat centers across the country.

The teachings of this retreat are based on John Philip’s award-winning book Sacred Earth Sacred Soul (chapters 5, 8, and 9).

Sacred Earth Sacred Soul – Celtic Wisdom 3 focuses on reawakening to the sacredness of the human imagination and prophetic vision through the teachings of Alexander John Scott, George MacLeod, and Kenneth White.

The essential text for the three-year program is John Philip Newell’s Sacred Earth Sacred Soul. The shared prayer book for this program is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter.

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Rates & Registration

Comprehensive Rate

Comprehensive rates below include the program fee of $344, a room (Wednesday and Thursday nights), meals in the Galax Dining Room (Wednesday dinner through Friday breakfast), plus a $2 community service fee per adult for public services provided by the Town of Montreat and the fire district.

Room check-in AFTER 3:00 pm on Wednesday. Room check-out BEFORE 11:00 am on Friday.

Assembly Inn
Single Occupancy
Private Bath
Double Occupancy
Private Bath
Glen Rock Inn*
Single Occupancy
Shared Bath
Double Occupancy
Shared Bath

*Glen Rock Inn is a modest housing option that offers single and double occupancy with shared bathrooms. It not ADA compliant and is about a 5 minute walk to Assembly Inn.

Commuter Rate

Commuter rate is $391. This rate includes the program fee of $344, plus Wednesday dinner, Thursday lunch and dinner in the Assembly Inn's Galax Dining Room, and a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. This rate DOES NOT include room accommodations.

Other Housing

If you opt for non-conference center housing, Montreat suggests considering our neighbor, the William Black Lodge. The William Black Lodge is a convenient two-minute walk from the Assembly Inn, which houses the main plenary space for this conference, as well as the Galax dining room for the lunches and dinners included in commuter registration. Full details about accommodations and how to make reservations can be found on their website or by calling 828.669.6314.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by September 11 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after September 11, but on or before October 9 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after October 9. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.


If you have questions regarding registration, please contact the conference registrar, Sarah Akin, at 828.419.9813 or saraha@montreat.org.

Program Format and Tentative Schedule

Each day begins and ends with meditative prayer and chant. John Philip teaches from the wisdom of Celtic prophets over the centuries, applying this ancient wisdom to the most critical challenges of today. Cami Twilling invites us into spiritual practice bringing our inner attention to the presence of the sacred within us and within all things. In the early afternoon there is silence and free time for resting and walking. Our meals are shared in common.

The schedule below is tentative. An updated one will be sent to participants closer to the event start date.

Wednesday, October 23
*asterisk indicates entering meeting space in silence
2:30-4:30 pm Registration/Check In (Room check-in begins at 3 pm)
*4:45 pm Evening Prayer
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner
*7:00 pm Sessions 1 & 2: Welcome & Introduction + Teaching I
9:00 pm Sacred Silence (until breakfast)
Thursday, October 24
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast (if staying in Assembly Inn)
*8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am Break
*9:15 am Session 3: Teaching II
10:15 am Break
*10:45 am Session 4: Spiritual Practice I
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Siesta/Reading/Walking
*3:30 pm Session 5: Spiritual Practice II
5:00 pm Break
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner
*6:45 pm Gather in Assembly Inn Lobby for Piping to the Barn
7:00 pm Ceilidh and Book Signing at the Barn
9:30 pm Goodnight and sleep well!
Friday, October 25
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast (if staying in Assembly Inn)
*8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:00-9:30 am Break/Room Check-Out (if necessary)
*9:30 am Session 7: Teaching III
10:30 am Break
*11:00 am Session 8: Thanksgiving
12:00 pm Departure

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